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Jonny Greenwood's 'Phantom Thread' soundtrack, seamlessly blends with Debussy, Berlioz and Schubert / The New York Times

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In my effort to catch up on the best picture Oscar nominees, I keep finding myself wanting to buy tickets to see "Phantom Thread" again, if only for another opportunity to hear how its rich soundtrack, by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, so seamlessly blends with interstitial music by Debussy, Berlioz and Schubert, among others. Mr. Greenwood's score has echoes of those classical masters, including in this track, the haunting "Phantom Thread" theme for solo violin (Daniel Pioro, according to the album credits). The implied polyphony here recalls Bach - specifically the Andante from his Violin Sonata No. 2 - but, like much of the soundtrack, it suggests the Baroque (and, at other moments, jazz and Romantic styles) while staying firmly in Mr. Greenwood's idiosyncratic voice. JOSHUA BARONE

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